Our Columnists

Vallarta Tribune (965)

Celebrating twenty years of publishing weekly in Puerto Vallarta! Since 1997.

James Nash (14)

A believer that a simple, flavorful meal shared with friends is one of our life’s true joys, a local resident of Vallarta, James (aka Jimmy) shares his knowledge and passion for the culinary arts, local architecture and Puerto Vallarta real estate.

Madeline Milne (192)

I have lived in Mexico full time since 2011. I am an editor, graphic designer, writer, iPhone photographer and road tripper.

Merv Buchanan (31)

Merv Buchanan is a Calgary based entertainment contractor, record producer and music industry entrepreneur. He is the creator of MuchMusic’s national Video Dance service and a former recording studio technology instructor at Fanshawe College, in London, Ontario.

John Warren (35)

John Warren is in charge of Publicity for the International Friendship Club (IFC). His articles describe the programs and charities that IFC supports, the sources of income of IFC and the social experiences, lectures and classes that members can enjoy.

AJ Freeman (3)

AJ Freeman is an adventurous spirit, serial friendmaker, and general enthusiast. He lives his everyday life hoping to demonstrate the nearly infinite potential for discovery and wonder on this small wet rock orbiting a dim yellow star in the backwoods of the Milky Way.

Bruce Howells (6)

Bruce es un canadiense jubilado, que junto con su esposa Velma, tomó una “mulligan” en la vida y escapó del frío de Canadá y se instaló en Vallartazona. Cumpliendo un retirosueño de no conducir más, Bruce utilizará transportatio públicon para recorrer la bahía y contar sus historias aquí. Consejos e itinerarios bienvenidos. Correo electrónico: busbanderasbay

Sarah Johanna (4)

Sarah Johanna is a freelance writer and researcher. At the beginning of 2017, she left her typical New York City life to travel and gain insight into how we relate to the natural world. Sarah manages Haus of Healing, a travel and lifestyle blog focused on exploring the themes of nature and mysticism in connection to health and wellness.

Orlando Gotay (67)

Orlando Gotay is a California licensed tax attorney (with a Master of Laws in Taxation) admitted to practice before the IRS, the U.S. Tax Court and other taxing agencies.
His love of things Mexican has led him to devote part of his practice to the tax matters of U.S. expats in Mexico. He can be reached at tax@orlandogotay.com, online radio at mixlr.com/orlandogotay

Janice Gonzalez (83)

SPCA de PV or Sociedad Protectora y Compasiva por los Animales de Puerto Vallarta (Protective and Compassionate Society for the Animals of Puerto Vallarta) was founded in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Mexico, in 2007 by a long term resident originally from California, Janice Chatterton.

We opened our unique sanctuary in January of 2012 on the outskirts of Puerto Vallarta. We are a no-kill shelter and can house up to 130 animals at once. We rescue and find permanent homes for over 200 animals each year.

Our main focus is to rescue the abused, homeless animals from Puerto Vallarta’s streets and place them in foster homes in both the United States and Canada until permanent homes are available. We are not supported by the government, corporations, foundations or businesses. We fully function on private donations. Animals are often found living on the streets after being discarded and/or extremely abused. We devote ourselves to their physical and emotional rehabilitation and invite everyone to come and interact with the animals at our private shelter on our weekly escorted tours.

Contact us via email at spcapv@gmail.com

You can learn more about the SPCA by checking us out at www.spcapv.com/home.

To see our animals available for adoption, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/spcapv. Go to Photos where you will also find individual Albums for all the animals available as well as a bit of their history.

To make donations via PayPal, select the “Donate” option on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/spcapv or on our website at http://spcapv.com/donate/.

Sheryl Novak (4)

Sheryl Novak is an expat Canadian who has owned a home in Mexico for over ten years. She is the owner of SOLutions Mexico – the online furniture store for your home in Mexico and The Furniture Store by SOLutions Mexico, a brick and mortar show store in Bucerias. She is considered the expert on sourcing all styles of furniture for all sizes of budgets, in Mexico.

Pamela Thompson (55)

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta is a multi-faceted, independent, resource network that is here for your TOTAL health and well-being. We offer English-speaking assistance to help find a physician, hospital and/or diagnostic service for any healthcare needs. As well, we are here to answer any health-related questions that you might have in relation to the Puerto Vallarta area.

Fred Jacobs (85)

Fred Jacobs is a 95 year old full time resident of Puerto Vallarta. Born in Berlin, he spent his teen years under Hitlers’ rise to power. He eventually made his way to New York City, where he was as a Saloonkeeper. Fred is the author of 3 books including his memoirs “From Berlin to Puerto Vallarta”.

Virginia Fox (20)

Virginia Fox is a writer, performer, producer and storyteller sharing travels along the back roads and fictional
stories of life with a humorous twist. She’s a member of ITWPA and Winters in Mexico with her supportive husband.

Cindy Bouchard (64)

Cindy Bouchard, an expat Canadian runs a Boutique Hotel, Villa Amor del Mar, in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. She and her husband Chris are living and lovin’ in Vallarta–Nayarit. If you want more info on La Cruz or desire… A very special vacation contact Cindy via cindy@VillaAmordelMar.com

Kimberly Rei (2)

Kimberly Rei is a designer and shop owner living in Puerto Vallarta.

You can see her creations at Eccentrica – her boutique featuring avant garde jewelry, clothing, art and crystals.

Michael Nolen (29)

Since retiring to Puerto Vallarta last year Michael Nolen has been keen to give back to the community. ‘You can only play so much golf before you start to question your retirement,’ Michael philosophized.

Started by Michael in August 2015, The Good Morning Wake Up Show is broadcast as part of the University of Guadalajara’s 104.3 FM radio station at the Puerto Vallarta campus.

Jim Lee (2)

Jim Lee has been a resident of Vallarta for eight years and is an owner of Living Vallarta, a real estate, rentals and lifestyle management company. He is active with ACT LGBT and PRIDE and is a supporter of Act II Entertainment and Incanto Cabaret.

Rhonda Zarate (25)

Rhonda Zarate is a Happy Heart Lifestyle Advisor. Her favorite thing to do is help people find their happiest hearts through Coaching. Vlogging, Boutique Real Estate & she authored a book Find Your Happy Planner.
Sharing her love for the happy path and her family makes her heart the happiest, being part of a Heart Tribe is one’s greatest JOY.

Rob Sharpe (1)

Rob Sharpe is a permanent resident of Mexico. He is an on-line English teacher, musician, and fisherman. He has lived in Cancun, Leon, and Puerto Vallarta. With no strong ties to the United States, Rob considers Mexico home. He and his wife Marvy (who is from Mexico) have been married for 18 years.

Chuck Bolotin (10)

As Vice President of Business Development for Best Places in the World to Retire, I had never actually lived abroad. Until now. Follow our story, as my wife and I take our huge white van with our two dogs and as much stuff as we can cram into it, as we drive from Los Angeles through Mexico, on our one year (and maybe more) adventure.

Matt McCue (13)

Matt McCue is an avid eater, having consumed more than 40,000 meals in his lifetime. He’ll eat anything that’s put in front of him, but prefers not to talk about that afternoon as a vegan.

John Pint (2)

John and Suzy Pint lived near Guadalajara, Jalisco, for 31 years, and authored “A Guide to West Mexico’s Guachimontones and Surrounding Area” and co-authored “Outdoors in Western Mexico.” Find out more about John and Susy Pint’s books at RanchoPint.com

Lois Ellison (28)

Lois Ellison and her photographer husband Bud have had an ongoing love affair with Mexico and Puerto Vallarta since the 1980’s. Lois enjoys sharing her experiences and impressions of the Mexican people and culture.

Sandra Cesca (4)

I have been offering my walking tours through many of Vallarta’s neighborhoods since 2009 while sharing my knowledge of the culture by immersing visitors in everyday local life. I am also an author and photographer and have created two guidebooks and photo cards available at the Marsol Market on Fridays. I have an M.Ed. and years of experience in international marketing and travel and am certified by Mexico’s Department of Tourism.